For some orphanages, and the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Edo State, the recent visit by the wife of the Edo State Governor, Mrs. Iara Oshiomhole was akin to applying a balm to sooth the pains of their conditions.
To cap it off, the Mrs. Oshiomhole did not just visit, she spent a good chunk of time interacting with those she met, just as she elicited responses from them on some of the challenges facing them with a view to presenting those realities to the appropriate quarters for intervention.
The Edo Governor’s wife was full of kind and encouraging words for those she met in the course of the visits.
At Mary immaculate children home Mrs Oshiomhole said, “I just came to visit and see how everyone is doing. I came with little gift for everyone and will come back with more”.
She said it was her long time dreams to touch and affect the less privileged in the society, adding that she will pay another visit to see how her office can work together with them, to move them to the next level.
At Itsoghena Orphanage Home, Auchi, where she admonished the children on the importance of education as a tool for transforming their lives.
She urged the children to see education as a ladder for climbing towards a bright future.
She therefore called on children in the State to strive to be the best in their educational pursuits, irrespective of their present circumstances.
She said: “I am glad that you have all promised to do your best in school. When you do your best in school, you can be anything that you want to be in life.
Like my husband, he is from this village and I am sure that if my husband could grow to become the Governor, then anyone of you here can be President of the country.”
On the essence of the tour of the orphanages, Mrs. Oshiomhole said she was touring to undertake an assessment of the living conditions of the children in the home, with a view to offering support to better those conditions.
Listing some of the needs of the orphanage, the founder of Itsoghena Orphanage Home said: “This home is not on any allowance; we have 75 children here and we are catering for them without any support.
So I am using this time to appeal to you as the first lady to help us by providing perimeter fence around this building because we do not have security here. We are managing to build the boys hostel, we need girls’ hostel also. We are appealing to you to help us reach the Governor to come to our aid.”
Similarly, at the IDP camp in Urhuogua near Benin City, where the wife of the Governor visited to mark her husband, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole’s 7th anniversary as Governor of Edo State, she had comforting words for the IDPs.
She assured of government’s continuous support and its unwavering commitment to their welfare.
Her words: “The government of Edo State is very aware of the circumstances that made you all leave home. We hope that in the next future, Nigeria will be safe all over so we can all return to our various homes.
However, while waiting until that day, the government of Edo State will do their best to make the camp a more enjoyable camp for you.
“What impressed me the most is that the kids are so talented. They can dance, they can do a lot of things. I have not seen kids like these before, they are so talented. I am sure that no matter what, they can be the best in life.
If you look at them, seeing how talented they are, with the things they can do now, I am sure in the future they can do so much more with good education.
In his welcome address, the Coordinator of the IDP camp, Pastor Solomon Folorunsho thanked Mrs. Oshiomhole for her continuous show of love and commitment to the welfare of the IDP children.